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Getting started with EndNote

EndNote is a tool that helps you to collect and manage all the references you have found from different sources. You can use EndNote to insert and format in-text citations and bibliographies within Microsoft Word documents.

This guide will help you to create and manage an EndNote library, export and organise your references, and use EndNote to insert citations and a bibliography.

Download a print version of a guide to using EndNote (PDF)

How to access EndNote

EndNote is available on all University cluster PCs. You can also use it on your personal computer or laptop (Windows and Mac) through the AppsAnywhere service. Mac users will need to use the Windows Virtual Desktop to access AppsAnywhere.

There is an EndNote app for iPad with limited functionality; for more information watch this video about EndNote for iPad from Clarivate, who own EndNote.

You can set up an EndNote Online account which allows you to sync your library to the cloud and access it from a browser. This also allows you to keep your EndNote libraries synchronised between home and university.

Watch training videos

Take a look at our training videos for EndNote. Some are from Clarivate, who produce EndNote, and some we created to demonstrate more Leeds-specific actions.

Watch videos from Clarivate on the following topics (videos open in YouTube):

Our YouTube playlist contains videos covering how to add and manage references and insert them into your document. You can skip to an individual video using the YouTube menu.

Top tips for using EndNote

Here’s a summary of our top tips for using EndNote:

  • Create one library to keep all your references in the same place. Watch this Clarivate video on how to create and save a library (opens in YouTube).
  • Use the groups feature to organise your references; this is helpful if you are working on several different projects. Follow our guidance on using groups in EndNote.
  • If you want to use the LeedsUni Harvard, LeedsUni Numeric or MHRA output styles on a personal computer, follow our instructions to download the style to your computer.
  • Regularly save a back-up copy of your EndNote library to your computer’s hard drive or to a USB drive by selecting “File” then “Save a copy”.
  • Don’t save your EndNote library to a cloud storage service such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox, unless you are saving a compressed backup file, as this can corrupt the library. Select “File” then “Compress Library” to save a compressed version that you can safely upload to cloud storage.
  • Check and remove duplicate references on a regular basis. Having duplicates in your EndNote library can cause problems when you start to reference your work.
  • EndNote doesn’t automatically import PDFs of the full text of an article when you add references to your library, and the full text finder is not compatible with the Library Search. You can follow the instructions on pp.5-6 of the Library Guide to EndNote or watch this video explaining how to attach PDFs to references in your library (opens in YouTube).
  • Check that the references are appearing properly in your work by comparing them with the official referencing guidelines for your style. If a reference is not appearing correctly in Word, you may need to edit the reference details in your EndNote library or double check that you are using the right output style. If the Leeds style is not available in Word, you can download the Leeds Output style.

Further help

If you would like a more comprehensive guide to advanced and expert features of EndNote, visit the Clarivate Analytics EndNote support site to find self-guided learning materials.